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Another Restaurant Prepares for New Canaan Opening

The partners behind Strada 18 in South Norwalk enter New Canaan's ever-growing restaurant scene with Boulevard 18.

When asked why he and his three partners chose New Canaan for their new restaurant, chef David Raymer, said, "We like the town, we like the people." 

Most important, he said, was the location they secured. When the partners learned that the white-columned building on Main Street, , was available, they jumped at the opportunity.

Although he acknowledged that New Canaan has more than its fair share of restaurants, Raymer said that Boulevard 18 will offer something not currently available.

The concept, he said, is for a, "steak frite joint." Raymer said he does not see himself in direct competition with other New Canaan restaurants. Speaking of , which also offers French fare, he said his establishment will be more casual.

"We don't want to go head-to-head with anyone," he said, also mentioning specifically , his restaurant neighbor.

With that in mind, rather than open another , he chose to return to what he called his culinary roots. Strada 18, which opened in 2006, features pizzas from a wood burning oven, salads and a large selection of wines by the glass.

There is one thing he plans to duplicate for diners from the Strada 18 experience he said, "quality of what you get there (at Strada) is beyond what you pay."

Standing in the midst of the construction site that is the building's interior, Raymer would not commit to an opening date, other than to say that it will not be before the new year.

chris October 20, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Yes another new restaurant!! What did we do to deserve all of this culinary attention? Now if I only had enough $ to visit them all on a regular basis!
Danielle October 20, 2011 at 01:44 PM
My husband and I LOVE to eat out and I am vegetarian. I am not a picky eater, but it is amazing how many restaurants have NO option for me. We would become regulars at any restaurant that offered me a choice.
Amy R. Burger October 20, 2011 at 02:21 PM
I was out on Tuesday evening to try Tuscan, it was full of ladies having fun dinning out. I'm sure there will be plenty of initial interest, hope some of these new options have some staying power!
George D. Bakes October 20, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Welcome and best of luck!!!
Kathy McShane October 25, 2011 at 01:28 PM
I had reservations for 5 people at Tuscan last week. It was a very special day. When we got there we were given a table so small that my son's girlfriend ( who weights 100 lbs) could not fit into it. We asked for another table and were told that there was nothing available. We went to Chef Luis, with no reservations, and he fit us in. While at Chef Luis, we ran into two other people who were not accomodated at Tuscany.

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